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Call for Papers: Who is Dutch in North America?

The Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies will be hosting its 24th bi-annual conference on June 29 – July 1, 2023 at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois.

For this conference, we seek papers that consider the role of identity and belonging in the history of Dutch America. How have Dutch Americans come together in different places and different times, to nurture and express shared identity?  How have they formed associations and institutions that reflect these identities? How has gender, geography, ethnic festivals, and published literature shaped who belongs to the group? The association would be pleased to receive paper proposals on the connections between Dutch Americans and Dutch Canadians, and between Dutch Americans and other ethnic groups in the United States.  Papers and panels on other topics will also be considered.

If you would like to present a paper at this conference, please send a 1-page CV and a 250-word abstract describing your topic to Michael Douma, the President of AADAS, at michaeljdouma@gmail.com, sometime before January 15th, 2023.  A committee of the association’s board will then decide on papers to accept for the event.

An Interview with Jane Griffioen

The Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies invites you to:

An Interview with Jane Griffioen, author of

London Street, A Memoir

Zoom webinar

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021

12:00 pm EST

Within a Dutch enclave already removed from the larger world, Janie’s family is further isolated and odd. Janie struggles within the tight-knit community to understand the secrets and events involving her family. She knows the line her father draws between the holy and the sinful. His boundaries and rigid belief system nearly destroy the very family they were meant to protect. Persistent rumors and shunning by church members add to Janie’s heartache and confusion. Her endurance to preserve a loving relationship with her family is an intimate story of triumph over community bigotry and religious zeal gone too far.

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Author: Jane Griffioen grew up in a Dutch enclave in Grand Rapids, Michigan, graduated from Calvin College with majors in Theology and English.

Interviewers:  Michael Douma and Mary Risseuw, board members of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies

2022 AADAS Emigration and Ancestry Tour

AADAS Emigration and Ancestry Tour, April 27- May 10, 2022

The Dutch: Emigration to North America

At the 2017 conference in Fulton, members wanted to give AADAS more visibility, especially in non-conference years. The board appointed a committee to look at the feasibility of organizing a trip to the Netherlands. It recommended an emigration and ancestry tour, a relatively empty niche in Dutch tourism, despite the growing interest in the subject. The board approved the idea and appointed Henk Aay and Mary Risseeuw to organize the tour. Witte travel in Grand Rapids will handle the group flight, land transportation, and hotels and will soon produce a brochure for the tour from the text that Mary and Henk will write. The tour group will stay in just two hotels, one in the east in Zwolle, and one in the southwest, in Dordrecht. We are arranging conversations over lunch with people from the areas we are visiting who have relatives/friends overseas. We are trying hard to keep the price around $4500 per person (including air and ground transportation, accommodations, tour guides, daily breakfasts, five lunches and several group dinners, but not including personal travel and other meals).

Here is a tentative itinerary for the tour, April 27- May 9, 2022.

Day 1           Departure: Chicago to A’dam

Day 2           A’dam to Open Air Museum, Arnhem (guide) then to hotel in Zwolle; group supper

Day 3            Friesland tour (guide, Dr. Annemieke Galema); Start in Leeuwarden (talk), tour coastal municipalities; lunch: Zwarte Haan (guests)

Day 4            Groningen tour through Hogeland (guide from University of Groningen) with possible stops in Warfum’s open air museum (guide); Verhildersum (lunch, guests), and Ulrum (Secession site)

Day 5            Open Day

Day 6            Achterhoek, Gelderland Tour (Winterswijk, etc., guides); Lunch (guests); dodenherdenking

Day 7           Open Day, Liberation Day-public holiday

Day 8           Catholic Migration from Noord Brabant led by Dr. Hans Krabbendam; start in Nijmegen, Catholic Archive (talk); lunch in Uden (guests); then to second hotel in Dordrecht

Day 9           The Hague: National Archive; Lunch; Antwerp: Red Star Line Museum (guide)

Day 10         Rotterdam: Maritiem Museum (guide); Lunch; Holland America Line Quay

Day 11          Zeeuws Vlaanderen (guides, lunch/guests); tour and visit a number of villages (e.g. Oostburg, Terneuzen, Cadzand, etc.); possible return via Walcheren

Day 12            Open Day; Group Supper

Day 13            Return: A’dam to Chicago

Optional Extension for Visits to places of family history

Optional Extension for Visits to places of family history

Contact Mary Risseeuw with Questions and to Sign-Up (mrisseeuw@yahoo.com),


Membership Renewal

Be a member of AADAS and receive the following benefits:

  • Receive the biannual Newsletter, the official organ of the Association, which keeps members informed of recent archival acquisitions, new research materials and methods, and members’ activities
  • Receive a book containing selected papers of the biennial conferences
  • Receive a “members’ rate” for conference registrations

There are two ways to be a member. You can download the form, print it out, and mail it with a check or money order to:

C/O Joint Archives of Holland
Hope College
PO BOX 9000
Holland, MI 49422-9000

Or you can register online via PayPal.

If you have any questions before signing up, please contact us.

Membership Letter

TO: AADAS Membership

FROM: David Zwart, AADAS Treasurer

DATE: January 16, 2017

SUBJECT: Treasurer’s Report

I wanted to write a quick update on the financial position of the association and some exciting new initiatives.

First, our balance at the end of 2016 was strong. The board decided to move the money to a West Michigan bank after many years using the accounting services at Calvin College. Our biggest expense is generally the publication and distribution of the conference proceedings. We also use the membership funds to print and distribute the newsletter and various other office supplies.

The board also authorized using funds to develop a new website. We paid a one-time fee to design the site and now pay a hosting fee. It is a work in progress but should serve us for years to come. We thank Yvette Hoitink for her service to get the first website going and keeping it updated for many years. The the old site needed major updating so the board decided to move it to a new web host and platform.

Finally, with the updated website we also created an account to accept online payments. We use the service PayPal which charges a fee for each use. It will provide simple way to pay membership fees, particularly for our international members. We still gladly accept mailed checks and membership forms.

The board looks forward to your continuing support of the work of the association by renewing your membership.


To encourage the involvement of young researchers, students get a discount membership for only $15 per year.

AADAS is a meeting ground for people interested in the history, life, and culture of the Dutch in North America.


AADAS publishes and distributes information about the development of religious and governmental institutions, industry, science and the arts, education, and North American Netherlandic relations.


AADAS encourages research and nurtures a continuing interest in the history, life, and culture of the Dutch in North America